As the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic, a new virus has been found to cause disease in East China’s Jiangsu Province, and the bad news is, the infection may transmit from one person to another.
Almost 37 people have been diagnosed with Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (SFTS) this year, a disease caused by the novel bunyavirus, reportedly spread by ticks. Now, experts have also warned that the infection is contagious even among humans, and can transmit from one person to another.
Previously, it was reported that the virus can be transmitted from infected animals or people to others via blood, respiratory tract, and wounds.
However, Sheng Jifang, an expert on the novel bunyavirus and director of the infectious disease department with the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine, said that a patient who was infected with the novel bunyavirus three years ago and later died had infected 16 people who had contact with the patient’s dead body as the patient had bleeding due to severe infection. One of those people also died later, Global Times reported.
Ticks are insects commonly found outdoors. They usually live in grass, trees, shrubs, and leaf piles. Ticks are also very commonly found in pets like dogs and cats. Tick bites are caused when these insects bite the skin.
While tick bites are usually harmless and do not show any symptoms either, they may carry and transmit certain diseases and infections that are deadly.